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UFC 241: Daniel Cormier not fazed by Jon Jones feud, Nate Diaz unsure on Conor McGregor trilogy


Daniel Cormier (left) beat Stipe Miocic by first-round knockout in their previous encounter

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier says he is not looking beyond his rematch against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 amid an ongoing feud with Jon Jones.

The American, 40, will make his second defence of the title in Anaheim, California having initially won the belt from Miocic, 36, in July 2018.

However, Cormier has been caught up in a row on social media with long-term rival Jones in the build-up.

“I’m so focused on Stipe Miocic it’s crazy,” said Cormier.

“I would never disrespect him or myself by looking past him. This is going to be the toughest fight of my career because I know how motivated he will be.

“I’m a professional. I don’t look past people. Even if you see Jon Jones and I arguing, it doesn’t matter. My focus is solely on the goal, and that’s this weekend and winning another UFC championship.”

In the co-main event, Nate Diaz will make his return to the octagon to face Anthony Pettis at the Honda Centre.

‘No third fight’ – Jones

Cormier suffered the only defeat of his UFC career when Jones took the light heavyweight crown from him almost five years ago.

He was also knocked out by his compatriot during a title defence in July 2017, only to be reinstated as champion after Jones was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance before the fight – though the United States Anti-Doping Agency found Jones “was not intentionally cheating”.

Speculation over a third fight between the pair has been rife since.

Cormier held both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles for a period but relinquished the latter at the turn of the year and Jones claimed this week “no way will he lose that weight again”.

“I will guarantee you guys there will be no third fight,” Jones said on social media.